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“Beautiful view, great location, nicely appointed rooms, pleasant off-season stay”
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Weathervane Inn
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Montague
Certificate of Excellence
Michigan
Level 6 Contributor
49 reviews
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“Beautiful view, great location, nicely appointed rooms, pleasant off-season stay”
Reviewed November 26, 2011

We were skeptical about staying here for 2 nights in late November...what to do in a lakeside town this time of year?

The first impression of everyone in our group was 'wow' with lots of ooh's and ah's. The room was more 'fancy' than we expected. The stone fireplace was very nice, jacuzzi tub definitely takes up a lot of space but it was a pleasant surprise. Old 25" TV in 1 room, newer but too-small 26" LCD TV in the other room. Room was slightly narrow, but plenty of space overall.

The queen bed and king bed both were quite firm but felt comfortable. The inn has said they've finished replacing all the beds in the past week or two, and these did not feel old so they must be new.

2 adjoining rooms -- 222 and 223 -- for 2 nights. These 2 rooms were on the southeast corner of the 2nd floor and the view was outstanding. These 2 rooms were right next to the conference room, which is a really nice space to play games or surf the internet if others in your room are sleeping or napping. Newer Dell computer with decent-sized LCD monitor and printer was nice. A handful of board games were available for guest use. We saw a book of DVDs for free borrowing at the front desk, but did not partake.

Two different open wi-fi networks on the property, so I presume they provide sufficient coverage throughout the hotel. We had no problems and the speed was adequate for Skype video chat.

Our 2 rooms were somewhat isolated from the other 2nd-floor rooms, which was great. We appreciated having adjoining rooms also.

3 adults, 3 kids. 1 room a king size bed and single-person sleeper loveseat, the other room a queen size bed with a full-size bed sleeper sofa.

Continental breakfast wasn't bad. About what you'd expect from a decent spread at a Comfort Inn, Hampton Inn, etc. Several selections, although everything is packed into a pretty small serving area. Quaker oatmeal (flavored, individual packets), OJ, milk (whole milk only, nothing more healthy), 3 types of cereal (Frosted Flakes, raisin bran, Cheerios), waffle maker, yogurt, mini muffins. Fruit was a disappointment -- only oranges and apples, and the apples were bruised and soft. Not many local fresh choices this time of year, so I hope they do better in summertime.

Fresh-baked cookies in the evenings were a nice touch. Good cookies!

The rooms are a strange combination of style/decor -- a little bit of a lodge feel with some of the appointments, somewhat of a nursing home/hospital feel with other aspects such as the door molding (painted metal), toilet paper dispenser (commercial-style 2 roll stainless), and carpet.

The kitchenette area was a pleasant surprise. A handful of dishes, glasses, and a couple pans were on hand. Very unique (to us) convection oven with 2 burners on top. We didn't use this device but it was nice to know we could've fried bacon on it or something like that. Small fridge and microwave came in handy.

Newer shower and toilet together, with a newer-looking double-sink vanity in the main room area (next to the room door). The wood accents in our rooms all were light-colored maple wood; we liked this.

Really nice patio/deck area to view the water.

The location is good -- a few blocks to the downtown area, with the water (White Lake) mostly in view. Grocery store -- Montague Foods -- across the street. Highly recommend the homemade beef sticks in teriyaki flavor! Our group loved these.

The room has some nice updates to it, but there were several signs of wear and tear. A foot-long rip on the arm of the couch in 1 room was pretty bad. Several other scuffs, scrapes, etc here and there.

Overall room cleanliness was just fine.

The service we received was very good. The girl who checked us in was friendly. She also proved very helpful, bringing up to our room some printed driving directions and other information for Muskegon-area activities (not much happening in Whitehall/Montague this weekend) as well as a desk copy of an activity book that was marked with different recommendations.

We booked our stay through Groupon and felt it was a good value ($129 per room for 2 nights, i.e. $65 per night per room plus taxes). Taxes were steeper than expected @ $33 per room.

Big John's Pizza delivery for dinner Saturday night...we have some pizza lovers in our group, and highly recommend their pizza. Plain cheese, ham & pineapple, and bacon & pepperoni all earned double thumbs-up.

Room Tip: Rooms 222 and 223 are more private
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with family
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Toledo, Ohio
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Reviewed November 25, 2011

My husband and I used Groupon to get away from the chaos of city life.

While the staff was young and sometimes unavailable, we were able to relax and take in the small town vibe that Montague gave to us. The hot tub was nice. The view was beautiful. The breakfast was decent. Besides the lack of attendence at the front desk, the only other complaint I had was the thin walls that allowed us to hear almost everything in the room next to us....and their dog.

The townspeople and the surrounding towns were so pleasant. We went to Mac's Meat Market and had an excellent conversation with them; enough that they invited us to their church on Sunday.

There was a complete sense of community in this area. Overall, I would recommend this as a getaway to experience the town and its honestly a great way to reconnect with your spouse.

We would come back for what we paid.....

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Indiana
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Reviewed November 23, 2011

Where to start... Unfriendly staff from the start, never seen a smile and could heard them making snide comments. Unprofessional staff at check in walking around barefoot. The room looked nice... however a romantic getaway.. not even close. A door connected my room and the neighbors so I could hear them whisper, the sounds of the child and the dog the liked to bark. Rooms above and beside I could also hear and the there toilet seemed to flush beside my head down the wall. No DVD player only VHS so don't bother bringing your own movies. This time of year there is nothing to do in the entire town. I have never stayed in a place where I felt more comfortable sitting in my vehicle or wishing I had just stayed home. Even at a Groupon discount I wasted my money, complete disappointment.

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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
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JasonPaulRyan, General Manager at Weathervane Inn, responded to this review, November 25, 2011
I apologize about how your stay with us made you feel and the experience you had. I am the new property manager and we have been working on updating not only the hotel's appearance, but also our team and guest interactions. I have been working the hospitality industry for 12 years and agree that the service you received is not acceptable. I assure you that these comments are taken to heart and that I will work with our team to make sure that each guest is treated with respect. We truly appreciate your business and please feel free to contact me directly, should you like to discuss this any further. jason@theweathervaneinn.net
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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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Reviewed November 6, 2011

We took advantage of the Groupon & felt that we got a fair deal for the price we paid. The staff was very friendly & the fresh-baked cookies every night was a nice welcome. The room was clean & neat. The view was beautiful & the fireplace in the room was wonderful, but those wouldn't be enough for us to come back. We had the misfortune of getting a room right outside of the breakfast area/reception desk & weren't able to sleep because of all of the noise. The walls are very thin so you can hear the people around you, which is extremely awkward. The bed was definitely in need of replacing. Overall it was an average hotel & wasn't a terrible experience, but the cons of staying at the Weathervane Inn unfortunately outweigh the pros & I don't think we'd stay here again.

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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 22, 2011

Maybe our expectations were too high.
This is an old building, and while that adds to its character and charm, it is still just that - an old building.
Attention to detail is not a priority. Paint was scraped off in many places in our room, including near the ceiling. (We couldn't figure this one out.) Several blinds were broken off and were dirty. The couch and carpet had large dark stains on them. The convection oven - with a microwave balanced on top of it - and small refrigerator are on the floor underneath the sink, which was inconvenient. (The shower and toilet are in a seperate room - the sink is outside in the main room.) It didn't feel clean, just old.
The room was a nice size, although be aware that the spa tub takes up a big corner of the room. Walls are thin - the room next door watched infomercials until 1:30am.
Two desk clerks were quite perfunctory.
So what did we like? The balcony was a nice place to sit, although a little awkward with the next door neighbors out as well. The view of the boats and the water was peaceful. Breakfast was adequate with cereal, muffins, juice, waffles, yogurt, bananas, and granola bars. Coffee is always available, and in the evening there were freshly baked cookies. The cleaning ladies were friendly and helpful.
The Hart-Montague bike trail is very nice. One day we rode the trail south through Whitehall towards Muskegon and found brand new pavement and a great ride.
Would we stay at Weathervane Inn again? Maybe, but not likely.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
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JasonPaulRyan, Manager at Weathervane Inn, responded to this review, October 27, 2011
Thank you for your feedback on your stay at our hotel. I am the new property manager and take all of the comments that we get to heart. In the last few months, we have upgraded all of our bedding and deck furniture. To more of your point, we are putting together the final details for a small renovation to occur in the next 6 months. We will be painting the guestrooms, upgrading the beds and adding all flat screen TV's. The building is about 11 years old and does need some attention to detail. We are committed to doing that and making The Weathervane Inn a great place to stay.
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Kalamazoo MI
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Reviewed October 14, 2011

We found our room and the property to be in excellent condition. the staff were friendly and helpful. the room was large. We didn't use the in room jacuzzi but when we got there, the bottle of champagne and (faux) rose petals around it was a nice welcome. Our bed was comfortable and our only complaint was some noisy children above us early one morning.

The view from our deck was beautiful and the surrounding area offered a lot of beautiful scenery.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Chesterfield, Michigan
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed October 13, 2011

We used a Groupon for our stay in October, and were very pleased. The room was clean and comfortable. The bed was not the comfiest, but not too bad. We had reserved a non-lakeview room, as that was the only one available, and they indicated they'd put us on a waiting list for a lakeview room and give us a call. They didn't call, but when I inquired at check-in if one was available, they had one, so we got moved to lakeview. The view was more of the marina & boats, but still very nice. Our room was right outside the reception desk where they also served continental breakfast so it got a little noisy around breakfast time. The breakfast had a lot of items. Staff was nice. Hart-Montague bike trail was right outside the door and we enjoyed a few good bike rides on the very nice trail. Would stay again.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Weathervane Inn
Address: 4527 Dowling St, Montague, MI 49437-1299
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Location: United States > Michigan > Muskegon County > Montague
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Montague
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Weathervane Inn 2.5*
Number of rooms: 23
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Weathervane Inn is a boutique lakefront hotel featuring 23 contemporary designed guest rooms. This "home away from home" offers fireplaces, Jacuzzi tubs and balconies to soak in the beauty of White Lake. Take in a movie from your couch, catch up with friends or work with our wireless internet or head outside and enjoy a book while unwinding in our gazebo or napping in a deck chair. ... more   less 
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